All over the world, aquatics professionals labor in obscurity fighting the good fight for their local pool, inspiring yet another generation of lifeguards to take to the stands with vigilance, or devising ingenious designs to make facilities more safe, fun and healthy.
It is these I want to recognize today. And it’s all thanks to a reader, who reminded me of something very important: Aquatics is a profession that’s built on mentors. Think about it. People certainly don’t get into aquatics for the money, or the fame, or the recognition. They get into it because they love aquatics. Why? Because they’ve been inspired by someone else who loves aquatics — they’ve seen through these people’s, actions, words and deeds what it means to make a difference in a community, a facility, a life.
So as you think about what it means to reinvent aquatics, I hope you’ll remember that you’re as much a part of the solution as any one else featured in this year’s Power 25. You have the power to make change happen. You have the ability to inspire a new generation of aquatics professionals.
In that spirit, I want to know who inspired you? Who was your mentor? Please, share your stories here. The more stories we get, the more that inspiration will flow, and the better we will all be for it.